Legal news from Tuesday, March 31, 2009
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai court on Tuesday ordered demonstrators to allow limited access to Thailand's seat of government in response to a complaint filed by the Office of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [BBC profile]. The Bangkok Civil Court issued an injunction [Bangkok Post report] ordering protesters to remove road blocks which [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The South African Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) [official website] on Tuesday held [judgment, PDF; media summary, PDF] that the judges of the Constitutional Court [official website] acted lawfully in filing a grievance against Cape Judge President John Hlophe alleging that Hlophe had tried to influence their decision in [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs Pamela O'Brien [official profile] apparently signaled a shift in official UN position by expressing sympathy for Rwanda's desire to try any remaining genocide suspects in Rwanda after the International Criminal Tribunal For Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] is supposed to stop functioning in 2010, [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Monday in Gross v. FBL Financial Services [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], in which the Court will decide whether a plaintiff must present direct evidence of discrimination in order to obtain a [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has signed into law a bill which significantly reduces women's rights, including legalizing rape within a marriage, the Guardian reported [text] Tuesday. Critics allege that Karzai signed this bill, which has not yet been made public, to increase support among [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District for the Middle District of Pennsylvania [official website] issued a temporary restraining order [text, PDF] Monday blocking child pornography charges against three teenage girls who appeared in photographs distributed by cell phone throughout their high school. Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick Jr. [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday dismissed as improvidently granted the writ of certiorari in Philip Morris USA v. Williams [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report]. The Court had originally granted certiorari to consider for a third time a $79.5 million punitive damages verdict against [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rogue [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder, JURIST news archive], also known as "Duch," on Tuesday formally accepted responsibility and apologized for the torture and murder of an estimated 12,000 Cambodians at the prison he ran for the regime. Kaing made the admission [Phnom Penh Post report] during his trial [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] granted a joint motion [text, PDF] Monday for a stay of proceedings against Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ayman Saeed Batarfi, allowing for his eventual transfer. Batarfi, one of the longest held terror suspects at the [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] North Korean state media outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) [media website] reported Tuesday that indictments are being prepared against two American journalists detained earlier this month [JURIST report] while allegedly attempting to enter the country illegally from China. Laura Ling [professional website] and Euna Lee were reporting on [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli military officials closed an internal investigation Monday into allegations of war crimes committed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] personnel against Palestinian civilians, concluding that there was no wrongdoing [press release]. The investigation was launched last week [JURIST report] by the IDF in response to comments made [read more]

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